Police in Manicaland Province have launched a man from Honde Valley who brutally murdered his mother and critically injured his wife before vanishing.
Luke Nyabadza of Tsimambiri Village under Headman Sahumani in Chief Mutasa’s area killed his mother Anna Nyabadza (81) and attacked his wife, Sibusisiwe Masiyakurima (25), leaving her battling for her life on Christmas eve.
Acting Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka confirmed the incident to The Manica Post and said Nyabadza was wanted on murder and attempted murder charges. He said:
The suspect is the deceased, Mrs Nyabadza’s son as well as Ms Masiyakurima’s husband. On the morning of December 25, Ms Nokuthula Manyawu (29), a neighbour, went to the Nyabadza homestead to visit her friend, Ms Masiyakurima.
She knocked on the door, but could not get any response. Ms Manyawu went to Ms Masiyakurima’s bedroom window and knocked.
She heard a faint groaning sound coming from the room and tried to open the main door, but failed as it was locked.
She sought assistance from the village head, Mr Tambudzai Mufakose (43) who smashed the window open and discovered the complainant lying in a pool of blood, writhing in agony with severe cuts all over her head.
Assistant Inspector Chinyoka added that villagers broke open the door and rushed Masiyakurima to Hauna District Hospital before she was transferred to Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital in Mutare.
Masiyakurima has since been transferred to a Harare hospital where she was said to be in a critical condition.
Chinyoka said Mrs Nyabadza’s body was discovered by her brother, Last Ruwaka on 26 December. He said:
On December 26, Mr Last Ruwaka (48), of Chikuku B Village, under Headman Nyamande in Nyanga, who is a brother to the late Mrs Nyabadza visited the Nyabadza homestead after hearing that Ms Masiyakurima was found lying in a pool of blood and battling for life at a hospital.
He enquired from neighbours about the whereabouts of his sister, Mrs Nyabadza, but no one knew where she was.
He observed some bloodstains on the wall close to her bedroom door. Mr Ruwaka became suspicious and broke the bedroom door to gain entry into the house.
While inside, he found his sister’s body covered with a blanket. He removed the blanket and discovered that the body was lying in a pool of blood with a deep cut on the left side of the head.
Ruwaka reported the matter at Ruda Police Station and police attended the scene together with homicide detectives from Nyanga.
The body of the deceased was inspected for external injuries, and a deep large cut across the left side of the head was observed.
The body was ferried to Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital for post mortem.
Police are appealing to members of the public for information that may lead to Nyabadza’a arrest for murder and attempted murder.